Start a Purposeful To-Do List
There are so many things I’ve been wanting to do lately. Then I think about how this year is already coming to an end and my long list of inspiration is just sitting there, patiently waiting for some attention. Sometimes we want to do so much that we end up doing nothing. Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to figure out how to make a to-do list that adds value into my life. So what’s stopping us from doing more of the things we love? The solution can be found in something as simple as starting a purposeful to-do list.
Within our busy lives, we work all day and get pulled in all different types of directions. Then, we get home to even more tasks like laundry, dinner, exercising, cleaning, etc. When our list of responsibilities start to feel endless, there isn’t always time left over to do the things we love. So I’m wondering, how might our lives look different if we gave our attention to our personal value systems? By starting a purposeful to-do list, you might uncover some new mindful rituals that can improve the quality of your entire week.
Starting a purposeful to-do list sets positive intentions towards living a more meaningful life. Naturally, that will look different for everyone, so there is no right or wrong way to build more memorable experiences. When we begin to prioritize our values, the focus shift can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives. Making your own unique purposeful to-do list is a way to bring you more energy to find new inspiration and encourage healthy habits.
Here is how to start your purposeful to-do list:
Step 1: Identify the things that bring you joy. Think about the things that you truly love doing. Maybe it’s relaxing with a cup of coffee, reading a new book, or hiking with close friends. Activities that make us feel good can improve the quality of our daily outlooks and recharge our energy.
Step 2: Visualize the feeling behind each action. Think about why you enjoy each joyous activity and how it makes you feel. Does a warm cup of coffee make you feel cozy and connected to your space? Does a visit to your local farmer’s market make you feel a sense of community? You’ll start to uncover your own value system when you focus on how each action makes you feel.
Step 3: Keep a list of 5 intentional practices each week. Now this is the fun part. Write down 5 practices that you would like to incorporate into your lifestyle. This can be as simple as trying a new restaurant to support local businesses. Unlike our usual to-do lists, there is no obligation to be excessively productive when we focus on the purpose behind our actions. The intention is entirely yours, and you can move through your purposeful to-do list at your own pace.
So join me in starting a purposeful to-do list filled with the things that bring us more joy. Here you will find my own personal to-do list for some extra ideas and an added dose of inspiration for your week.
My Purposeful To-Do List:
2. Have breakfast.
I’ve been making a point to see breakfast as a morning ritual that fills my day with purpose. Instead of just skipping breakfast like I usually do, here is an opportunity to prepare something nice for yourself with fresh berries, toast, and coffee.
3. Find a bulk grocery store.
Inspired by my Norwegian grandma’s sustainable practices, I’m making a point to generate less waste as a minimalist household. I’m starting with bringing my own jars to a local grocery store to stalk up on package free dry goods. (You’ll find simple zero waste tips at Literless).
4. Visit a local farmer’s market.
There’s something about a quiet Sunday morning starting at the local farmer’s market. I’m lucky enough to live close to the Sunday Main Street Market in Santa Monica where I buy fresh flowers and produce for the week. It makes me feel connected to my community when I can support local farmers.
5. Try a new recipe.
I'll be honest that while I own several cookbooks, most of the recipes haven’t gotten enough of my attention. I’m planning to open some of my cookbooks to find a cozy recipe that will last for the whole week, like blueberry muffins or homemade granola energy bars. (You’ll find wellness tips and healthy recipes at With Love From Kat).
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Canyon Coffee is a local coffee company founded by Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz. Their organic coffee beans are roasted in California. They believe in the ritual of coffee bringing us together and adding warmth into our daily practices. Canyon Coffee can be found at local shops around LA.
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